In a world that’s becoming faster and busier by the minute, living a minimalist lifestyle can serve as an antidote to the stress and anxiety that comes with being a city-dwelling human in 2018.
When Sporty and I first downsized our stuff we had no idea the positive impact it would have on our lives.
But pretty soon we became accustomed to having more leisure time and being less stressed. Getting out of debt was another unexpected bonus.
That’s the thing about stuff. It can end up owning you.
It can own your pay cheque if you purchase on credit (and even if you don’t).
It can own your time if buy too much of it.
It can own your attention if you place too much emphasis on it.
It can even rob you of your freedom to change direction when new opportunities present themselves.
Don’t Buy into the Marketing BS
Marketers know this. They reel us in with their movie ads and look at me images featuring rugged men and leggy women doing cool things.
If only we had a [yadda yadda], we could also do cool things. Who knows, it might even make us rugged or leggy.
Christmas is looming, which means they’ll be upping their game. Don’t fall for their marketing BS. If you want adventure, you can make that happen on your own.
You definitely don’t need a [yadda yadda].
The more stuff you own, the less you have. And by less I mean less money, less time and less space. The only thing you’ll have more of is stress.
Been there, done that, gave away the t-shirt.
World Mental Health Day
Minimalist living is one way to lessen your stress and lower your anxiety levels. “The less you own, the more you have,” as someone
moderately famous once said.
Of course, sometimes decluttering the garage and breaking a sweat aren’t enough to dispel the cloud that’s taken up residence above your head. Sometimes you need to ask for help.
Sporty and I have sought counselling on numerous occasions, both as a couple and individually. Our therapist made us cry (in a good way), but we’d still do it again if the need arose.
After all, we’ll go to the acupuncturist or physio or homeopath with our physical ailments, so why not visit a therapist when we run into an emotional roadblock?
Sadly, there’s still a stigma attached to mental illness. But don’t avoid asking for help because you’re embarrassed. If you’re uncomfortable with the thought of spilling your guts to someone in person, then give online therapy a try.
At least there’s no risk of anyone seeing you walk into the psychologist’s rooms.
10 Benefits of Living with Less Stuff
Whether or not you need to talk through your problems with a professional, you can still benefit from living with less stuff. These are just some of the many benefits you’ll experience when you downsize your stuff.
You have time for things that matter most. [Becoming Minimalist]
More peace of mind. [Lifehack]
Increased financial security and better retirement prospects. [US News: Money]
Less cleaning and the cleaning you do have is easier. [Simple Lionheart Life]
It improves your relationships. [Be Organised]
Living with less means more mental health. [Psychology Today]
Less clutter helps you declutter your brain. [Well Insiders]
You realize that things don’t make you a different person. [Thought Catalog]
You’ll experience more visual satisfaction. [The Good Trade]
More self-confidence and a greater sense of purpose. [No Sidebar]
6 Minimalist Books to Help You Declutter
Clutterfree by Leo Babauta
The More of Less by Joshua Becker
The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists by Joshua Fields Millburn
The Joy of Less by Francine Jay
Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki*
*Thanks for the heads up Karen!